Steele Silverstone victory seals Sunoco Grand-AM 200 Challenge

30/09/2011 - Aaron Steele fended off Chris Needham to take victory at Silverstone winning the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge in the process.

30/09/2011 - The Silverstone Arena Grand Prix circuit provided a pivotal moment in the 2011 season as Aaron Steele fended off Chris Needham to take victory, winning the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge in the process.

The Grays Motorsport driver didn't have it all his own way after losing his pole position advantage at the start, but he came through to pick up his 12th win of the season and claim the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge.

Needham made the best getaway from the start and he surged into the lead at Copse, closely followed by Steele. Needham's advantage soon disappeared as Steele found a way through into the lead on the second lap and he began to assert his authority on the race.

Dave Karaskas briefly held third spot before the hard charging Mark Terry stormed into the final podium place capitalising on an impressive start from 11th on the grid. However, the Lanan Racing driver's luck ran out as he was forced to retire on lap three.

An incident involving two Monoposto cars saw the safety car deployed and the race was neutralised. When racing resumed Steele quickly grabbed an advantage on the restart and edged away into the lead.

Debutant Chris Dittmann quickly adapted to the challenges of driving a Formula 3 car making up several places off the start and he found himself occupying fifth on lap five.

Once in front, Steele remained unchallenged for the remainder of the race and he took the chequered flag ahead of Needham and Karaskas, who managed to fend off Dittmann and Mark Harrison to the finish line. The victory for Steele secured the Sunoco Grand-Am 200 Challenge which will see him win a drive at Daytona in America next year.

The second and final F3 Cup of the weekend at Silverstone takes place at 9.00am on Saturday.For full results from Race One please CLICK HEREClick here for more information on F3 Cup at Silverstone.

F3 Cup Silverstone Race 1 Results Top 10:

1. A. Steele, Dallara F302, 7 laps
2. C. Needham, Dallara F302, +10.290s
3. D. Karaskas, Dallara F300, +11.736s
4. C. Dittmann, Dallara F301, +12.456s
5. M. Harrison, Dallara F302, +12.932s
6. P Austin, Dallara F398, +13.381s
7. N. Robinson, Dallara F302, +14.466s
8. N. Harrison, Dallara F302, +18.894s
9. K. Impey, Dallara F302, +31.489s
10. S. Wiltshire, Dallara F302, +32.173s